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Year-by-Year Comparisons

How the 17 World Cup tournaments have compared in nations qualifying, matches played, players participating, goals scored, average goals per game, overall attendance and attendance per game.

      Goals Attendance
Year Host Continent Nations Matches Players Scored Per Game Overall Per Game
1930 Uruguay So. America 13 18 189 70 3.8 589,30032,739
1934 Italy Europe 16 17 208 70 4.1 361,00021,235
1938 France Europe 15 18 210 84 4.7 376,00020,889
1942-46  Not held         
1950 Brazil So. America 13 22 192 88 4.0 1,044,76347,489
1954 Switzerland Europe 16 26 233 140 5.3 872,00033,538
1958 Sweden Europe 16 35 241 126 3.6 819,40223,411
1962 Chile So. America 16 32 252 89 2.8 892,81227,900
1966 England Europe 16 32 254 89 2.8 1,464,94445,780
1970 Mexico No. America 16 32 270 95 3.0 1,690,89052,840
1974 West Germany Europe 16 38 264 97 2.6 1,809,95347,630
1978 Argentina So. America 16 38 277 102 2.7 1,685,60244,358
1982 Spain Europe 24 52 396 146 2.8 2,108,72340,552
1986 Mexico No. America 24 52 414 132 2.5 2,393,03146,020
1990 Italy Europe 24 52 413 115 2.2 2,516,35448,391
1994 United States No. America 24 52 437 140 2.7 3,587,08868,982
1998 France Europe 32 64704 1712.72,775,40043,366
2002Japan/So. KoreaAsia32647361612.52,705,19742,269

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